Discussion in 'Modified 2011- 2019 Explorer Sport Tuning' started by ibmike, March 17, 2014.
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First post in a long while. I've been traveling and busy with work. Lot's of cool stuff happening in here. I had this done this morning. Vinyl wrapped from the burnt red that I had to carbon black.
I finally got around to blacking out the grille and rear chrome piece. Door handles will be done next
Just picked up my stock wheels from powdercoat. Satin black. I also have a set of dark blue expedition center caps ready to go on. Will snap some pics once I put them on.
Hello, gang. Well the Mod-King is back.
Ordered Power Stop Z23 Evolution Sport Brake Upgrade Kits with Calipers KC3166 today and going to change the rally stripes on my girl to look close to the mustang feature in the photo below. I also want to powder-coat my Velgen VMB6 wheels like the wheel pictured with red and black but my regular powder coat guys don't have the abilities to do this. I'm looking for a place in the Chicago area or I'll have to order a set of new Velgen Wheels so that means I'll be selling my VMB 6's!
Photo's for sure once this is all done
Very nice, my friend. Definitely post photos.
Finally finished a project long overdue. I ordered some white 1 meter "EL Wire" from these guys (ancient looking website, but don't let that scare you) and an inverter for "up to 5 meters" (it's tiny), and ripped out the "shifter console" on the car. Then I pulled the EL wire in and out of the hole that was available in the panel there, apparently it's not used for anything except perhaps venting.
After a few attempts, I managed to "pin" the EL wire under the top of the cup holders by releasing the 7 (!) screws that hold the cupholders in by just a little, then I screwed it back in pinning it in place. I tried some superglue at first but it refused to stick in any sort of pretty way.
I tested the 2-wire cable that goes to this console from somewhere in the car to light up the various sections of it by throwing a glove over the light sensor, and it's ~11.5V, which is close enough to the 12V required for the inverter. I had a connector laying around that fit the existing inverter, but otherwise I could've just cut the inverter power cable and spliced it just as well. The (+) wire goes to the purple/gray wire and the (-) to the brown. I just attached them with posi-taps, but any method works of course.
After putting it all back together, voila! (I had the dome lights on in this picture so it's really hard to see the glow, I'll put up a better pic later, it was too cold to be creative. Pardon the spilled soda stain):
I'll go back later and fix where I had the wires come in and out as unfortunately the way I organized them on that side leaves a small gap that's visible from the drivers side, but it's not exactly urgent
Easy and cheap project for anyone who is bored
Now with expedition blue center caps.
Where you able to get the chrome trim off to black it out? I found 2 bolts and 2 screws but I couldn't figure out what was holding it in the middle.
I don't have a camera.
Installed the Drivebright LED puddle lights. They are much brighter and they fit very snug. These are what Ford should have installed from the factory. I am very happy with the result! Thanks to those on this site who recommended them.
Over the weekend I had the Livernois downpipes, 3 bar sensor, 160 degree thermostat, and 87 tune installed on my Sport. Thing is a whole different animal now!
Also a question for those who have done the same with the 160 thermostat has your operating temperature actually gone down to 160 degrees? Mine is operating in the range of 170 to 190 in traffic, and never gets down to 160.
Pretty much the same set up and never noticed what temperature my girl runs with. I'll pay attention next time I'm in the ride.
Changed cabin filter. Easier than I thought!
Nice, how did you do it? My dealership charged me around 100 bucks to change it. Part and Labor included.
You open the glove box, disconnect the cable holding the side, slide the hinge pins on the bottom in to drop it, and then the cabin filter is right there. $100 is ridiculous. I think the filter is $25, and it only takes a few minutes to change out.
I had to be careful with pins at both ends of bottom. took me a while to snap em back on but next time I would just but a large coffee can under the glove box door, there would be ample room for me to change filter. that way I would not have to deal with the hinge pins. I wish the hinges are sturdy and metal but not plastic.
Quick snaps. Put the wheels on. Can get better pics later.
It's good to have wheels on.
Rear brakes, too bad my fronts are still at 10mm so they won't match for a while.
Check YouTube DIY cabin filter replacement for 201X ford explorer
So this is happening right now. I wish the weather would cooperate a little more but the guys assured me and they guaranteed me that the rain and snow won't bother it at all. More photos when it's done and/or nicer outside.
I still think you should do something with that plain black 'nose button'. Why not go with a black emblem with red lettering?
Was thinking the same exact thing!
Will do that next time. Next phase is the new brake set. That will be on 4/12/18.